Climate protection in Southeast Asia

Developing a greenhouse gas monitoring and reporting system for the land use sector of Singapore

The National Parks Board (NParks) of Singapore has been entrusted with setting up a monitoring system that will allow it to track greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from land-use, land-use change and how much of it is absorbed by the nation¿s greenery. They will be supported by the National Institute of Education Singapore (NIE) and ANRICA, an Austrian semi-governmental technology platform made up of expert institutions specialised in research and development in forest inventory, soil analyses, remote sensing of natural resources and GHG reporting to UNFCCC. Experts of the Environment Agency Austria will be responsible for the implementation of the reporting in the land use sector according to the requirements by the IPCC and relevant decisions of the Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention of the United Nations on Climate Change.

NParks, NIE and ANRICA will apply a combination of cutting edge technologies in remote sensing and high sophisticated terrestrial carbon inventory methodologies to establish a robust and cost-effective system for Singapore to monitor, report, and verify carbon stock changes of the land use sector. The project has started in November 2013 and will be completed in November 2018.

Ambitious climate goals

Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including Singapore, have agreed to report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals from all economic sectors on a regular basis. To this end, the Government of Singapore - as an early mover - has embarked on an ambitious five-year plan to take stock of and monitor the entire island¿s GHG emissions and removals from vegetation and land use.


Petra Kestler, Pressestelle Umweltbundesamt, Tel.: 01/313 04-5413,
Christian Lackner, Pressestelle Bundesforschungszentrum für Wald, Tel. 01/878 38-1218
Mathias Schardt, Institut Digital Joanneum Research, Tel. 0316/876-1754
Markus Sommerauer, ANRICA, Tel.:01/914 60-00


Soil analysis in the reservate Bukith Timah

Team for the climate protection monitoring system

Main entrance Nationalparks Headquarter in Singapore

Expertpanel in Singapore

Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape (BFW)
Austria, 1131 Vienna, Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8 | Tel.: +43 1 878 38-0

Autor: Lackner C.